P E R S O N A L || Liam’s First Birthday

Normally, I don’t share personal pictures on here-there’s so much excitement and beautiful people to share with you, I never have time. But now that wedding season has ended on a beautiful note, I’ve had some time to lift my head up, and look around.

It’s fall! Trees are changing color, the smell of burning wood, fall leaves, and pumpkin-everything permeates the air! It’s my favorite season to dress for, my favorite season to shoot in, and my favorite season to eat in.

But more than that, Fall is now home to the celebration of the most precious and amazing gift I’ve ever received, my little one, Liam. It’s been a YEAR since he was born, ONE. FULL. YEAR. I’ve been running around like crazy preparing his party, and buying presents, and stopping to have a good cry when I realize my baby isn’t a baby anymore.

Ready or not, he’s walking, gabbing and pointing, laughing with me, and just this morning, I picked him up out of his crib, and his little hand held my cheek, and he looked at me like I was his greatest treasure. I just about squeezed his guts out, you guys. That’s how precious that moment was.

Take a look at some pictures I caught of him playing on his birthday! ❤

That awkward moment where you try to surprise them, but when you open the door and turn on the light, they're already awake, and playing with toys.

That awkward moment where you try to surprise them, but when you open the door and turn on the light, they’re already awake, and playing with toys.

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His favorite book, "If I Were An Owl" by Ann Wilkinson.

His favorite book, “If I Were An Owl” by Ann Wilkinson.

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We got him a toy that's actually a kid friendly housing for my iPhone, so he can watch Big Block Sing Song, but now he can't send cryptic messages on Facebook, via Siri. <.<

We got him a toy that’s actually a kid friendly housing for my iPhone, so he can watch Big Block Sing Song, but now he can’t send cryptic messages on Facebook, via Siri. <.<

Do you have any traditions for your kids’ birthdays? Did you have any when you were a kid?

E V E N T || The Myer’s Baby Shower

When I was of the average young, naive college age, I went to a church in the middle of a sweeping, wide valley. There, I was completely welcomed, embraced, and loved on by an amazing group of young adults, lead by the wise and approachable Michael.

Then, I met Kristin, the love of his life, and I immediately thought “I want to be more like her!” She was comfortable with her curly hair, laughed infectiously at everything, and when she prayed—ho, man, she prayed in a way that made you *feel* every word she said. She was one of the most beautiful women I had met, inside and out.

When her and Michael got married, I was so pregnant, I almost had to be rolled to the ceremony site. Be it hormones or just incredible joy, I bawled my eyes out when they said their I Do’s. It was a perfect, vintage-fairy tale come true.

And then on Saturday,  I finally got to meet all the women in her life–the ones that raised her, that showed her how to love others, how to graciously accept faults, and how to love herself–even when she didn’t want to. The way they honored Kristin and the next step in her life was incredible, and I cried again. This was a family to strive to become–one that loved Christ and honored their family, that was close knit, that cherished each personality as the day progressed.

Kristin’s mother, Sandee, did an AMAZING job decorating and planning this beautiful event, and should become decorator professionally. F’reals. She can start with my house.

Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the day:

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Because I’m a photographer, I have this really awesome thing where I’m like “For your gift, I give you my awesome.” So I did that with Kristin, and we’ll be doing maternity pictures later this week or next week, depending!

Want to see the whole PASS gallery? Click the link below, sign the guestbook, share images, download favorites, order prints, and more!

http://shmilyfacephoto.pass.us/myerbabyshower/

Puppy and Baby Picture!

The last few days have been INSANE.

Mother’s Day was hectic, and super emotional, because, you know, I’M A MOM NOW, and then the next day TJ broke his hand, and now I’m pretty much doing all the chores, cooking, cleaning, baby moving, changing, clothing, bathing, and still trying to run a business.

It’s been two days, and I already feel like I need a vacation.

ON THE PLUS SIDE.

I started honing in on how I edit images–and I’m finding a *groove* to it. I edited an entire engagement session–and had another set up for final sharpening and vignetting (56 images, almost 4.5 hours of work), and then my husband turned off his computer, and my computer turned off, and all my progress was lost.

I spent the rest of the day on tumblr, quietly mourning.

I just wanted to upload one quick pic from Mother’s Day, because I’m EXHAUSTED. Let’s see how well I can keep up on my mission to capture life every day for the month. :3

Day 17 Challenge: BEST FRIENDS!  Momo and Liam are thick as thieves--meaning Momo knows Liam could squash her in a second, but still mothers him when he tries new things.

Day 17 Challenge: BEST FRIENDS!
Momo and Liam are thick as thieves–meaning Momo knows Liam could squash her in a second, but still mothers him when he tries new things.

He is the HAPPIEST baby I have ever met. I'm pretty lucky. :3

He is the HAPPIEST baby I have ever met. I’m pretty lucky. :3

Day 6: Books

When I was 5 years old, I could read pretty much anything. And I did.

It was especially traumatizing for me, when, hungry for some sort of readable material, ANY material, I found my mother’s romance novels.

That’s a lot to take in at 5 years old.

Grump is only 6 months old, but already, he has a voracity for books. We MUST read him Batman books every night before bed. Occasionally, I’ll slip in some Sesame Street, or some award-winning children’s book, but he doesn’t care for them. He just loves Batman.

I’ve always loved the books by Anne McCaffrey. The world of Pern held my gaze when I was as little as 8 years old-every novel was another opportunity to fight a deadly battle with a dragon by my side.

Today I did minimal editing–I upped the temp a bit on my shots, because I shot at White Flourescent lighting for the first few minutes, but otherwise, I felt like the organic feel of the images appealed to my urgent need to grasp at every little moment of time I could get my greedy fingers on.

Too soon, he’ll be walking, and then running, and then jumping, and then falling. Soon his world will be dirt, and bicycle wheels, and war wounds, and falling in love with Jocelyn in kindergarten, and giving her an earthworm ring to seal the pending marriage.

So tonight, I’m posting, and running, so I can scoop up my tiny little Grump, and listen to his belly laugh, and breathe in his baby smell, and revel in the glorious gift and mystery and even slight terror of watching another life unfold.

You should do the same. ❤

He actually has a lot more books, and I thought it'd be cool to stack them next to him, but he was pretty content to make sure he could see all of them. ALL. of them. At once.

He actually has a lot more books, and I thought it’d be cool to stack them next to him, but he was pretty content to make sure he could see all of them. ALL. of them. At once.

Look! Man-Bat and Batman are fighting!

Look! Man-Bat and Batman are fighting!

"The Imitation of Christ"  "Lord of the Rings" (75th edition HOLLA)  "Exposed" (Jasmine Star) "The Portfolios of Ansel Adams"  My favorite wedding season, 2011, as per The Knot. I loved the just budding obsession with vintage and shabby chic, and the raw cut, textured skirts and ruffles of wedding dresses.  "World Views" Aerial Photography

“The Imitation of Christ”
“Lord of the Rings” (75th edition HOLLA)
“Exposed” (Jasmine Star)
“The Portfolios of Ansel Adams”
My favorite wedding season, 2011, as per The Knot. I loved the just budding obsession with vintage and shabby chic, and the raw cut, textured skirts and ruffles of wedding dresses.
“World Views” Aerial Photography